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Scientific Opinion on a request from the European Commission related to the emergency measure notified by Italy on genetically modified maize MON 810 according to Article 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003

EFSA Journal 2013;11(9):3371 [7 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3371
  EFSA Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Panel Members Salvatore Arpaia, Nicholas Birch, Andrew Chesson, Patrick du Jardin, Achim Gathmann, Jürgen Gropp, Lieve Herman, Hilde-Gunn Hoen-Sorteberg, Huw Jones, Jozsef Kiss, Gijs Kleter, Martinus Lovik, Antoine Messéan, Hanspeter Naegeli, Kaare M. Nielsen, Jaroslava Ovesná, Joe Perry, Nils Rostoks, Christoph Tebbe Acknowledgment The Panel wishes to thank the members of the standing environmental working group on applications for the preparation of this scientific opinion; and EFSA staff: Yann Devos, Andrea Gennaro and Sylvie Mestdagh for the support provided to this scientific opinion Contact gmo@efsa.europa.eu
Type: Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel On request from: European Commission Question number: EFSA-Q-2013-00589 Adopted: 12 September 2013 Published: 24 September 2013 Affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Abstract

Following a request of the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (EFSA GMO Panel) evaluated the documentation submitted by Italy in support of its request for the prohibition of the placing on the market of the genetically modified maize MON 810 according to Article 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003. All concerns related to human and animal health or the environment raised by Italy were already addressed in previous scientific opinions of the EFSA GMO Panel on maize MON 810 while other concerns relate to co-existence and thus fall outside the remit of EFSA. Therefore, the EFSA GMO Panel concludes that, based on the documentation submitted by Italy, there is no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environment, that would support the notification of an emergency measure under Article 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 and that would invalidate its previous risk assessments of maize MON 810.

© European Food Safety Authority, 2013

Summary

On 29 May 2013, the European Commission requested the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (EFSA GMO Panel) to assess the supporting documentation submitted by Italy to introduce an emergency measure pursuant to Article 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on maize MON 810 cultivation in the European Union (EU).

The EFSA GMO Panel considered the relevance of concerns raised by Italy in the light of the most recent and relevant scientific data published in the scientific literature. All concerns related to human and animal health or environment raised by Italy were already addressed in previous scientific opinions of the EFSA GMO Panel on maize MON 810. The remaining concern relates to co-existence and thus falls outside the remit of EFSA and its GMO Panel.

Therefore, the EFSA GMO Panel concludes that, based on the documentation submitted by Italy, there is no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environment, that would support the notification of an emergency measure under Article 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 and that would invalidate its previous risk assessments of maize MON 810.

Keywords

GMO, maize (Zea mays), MON 810, Italy, emergency measure, environment, Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003